Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Wehr Nature Center. As a volunteer, you might spend a few hours a year assisting with a special event, a few hours a week volunteering as part of a group, or a few hours every day feeding the animals. Whatever your talent or interest, we want to help you to help us.

If you are at least 16 years old, we welcome you to volunteer. No experience is necessary, and we'll provide training as needed.

Volunteer Programs

Special Event Volunteer Programs
If you can commit to only a short amount of time, or would like to volunteer as a family, join us in making one or all of these special events even more spectacular.

  • Maple Sugaring, March
    Tap maple trees, collect and boil down sap. Demonstrate the sugaring process or lead hikes through the sugarbush. Read more

  • In Celebration of Trees, April
    Take part in celebrating the Earth by volunteering for various activities. Read more

  • Bird Fest, May
    Bird Fest is a great place to volunteer for all those who love birds and for those who want to know more about them. Read more

  • Cider Sunday, October
    With beautiful fall color as a backdrop, this event focuses on the apple harvest. Greet the public, help with children's activities and crafts, demonstrate traditional cider-making equipment, or help with food sales.  Read more 

  • Halloween Haunts, October
    Take part in one of the many activities during this famous, exciting weekend. Carve pumpkins, lead activities, or be a costumed character. Read more 

Are you having trouble finding a program that fits your interests? Let us know how you'd like to use your talents as a Wehr volunteer– contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
 

Weekday Volunteer Programs
Whether you'd like to spend one morning a year or every day helping at the Wehr Nature Center, these groups of volunteers will welcome you. . .

  • Phenology Walkers
    Mon. mornings, year-round, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
    Walk the trails and record the seasonal cycles of nature, such as the flowering of wildflowers or the presence of birds. Maintain the phenology data base. Read more

  • Wehr Wheel & Chip Society
    Tue. mornings, year-round, 9–11 a.m.
    Come join the hard-working, fun-loving group to help take care of the nature trails. You may maintain the trails, prune shrubs or trees, or do minor outdoor construction. Read more

  • Dotty's Crafters
    Meet once a month, Wed. afternoons
    Join the crafty volunteers to help create items for Wehr Nature Center and Nature in the Parks programs

  • Earth Care Crew
    Thurs. mornings, May–Nov., 9–11 a.m.
    Be part of the group that cares for the wide variety of plant life at Wehr
    You may transplant valuable flora, collect seeds for Wehr prairie sites, control exotic species, or maintain the ethnobotany garden. Read more 
  • Nature Interpreters (Teachers)
    Weekday mornings or afternoons
    Assist with activities, lead hikes, and teach environmental topics to school and youth groups throughout the year, or camp groups during the summer. A teaching background is not required. Seasonal training is provided. Opportunities are available through Wehr as well as Nature in the Parks. Read more

Are you having trouble finding a program that fits your interests? Let us know how you'd like to use your talents as a Wehr volunteer– contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
 

Evening & Weekend Volunteer Programs

  • Nature Interpreters (Teachers)
    evenings or weekends
    Assist with activities, lead hikes, and teach environmental topics to youths, families, and adults. A teaching background is not required. Seasonal training is provided. Opportunities are available through Wehr as well as Nature in the Parks. Read more

Are you having trouble finding a program that fits your interests? Let us know how you'd like to use your talents as a Wehr volunteer– contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
 

Anytime-it-fits-your-schedule Volunteer Programs

  • Critter Care Takers
    Requires a regular commitment
    Take general care of the animals at Wehr. Training is provided. Read more

  • Filers & Phoners
    Assist with office work. Help with clerical duties, computer entry and mailings. Read more

  • Nature Designers
    Use your artistic talents to assemble new displays and help with arts and crafts programs. Read more

  • Resource Keepers
    Use your organizational skills to keep our reference library in order. Organize books, the slide collection, and other resources. Read more

  • Trail Patrol
    Be a goodwill ambassador–greeting people, providing information, and picking up litter while walking the trails of Wehr. Read more

Are you having trouble finding a program that fits your interests? Let us know how you'd like to use your talents as a Wehr volunteer– contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
 

Community Service Programs
Students and individuals may fulfill community service hour requirements, and members of social, civic and corporate groups may contribute to the community by donating their time to the Nature Center. Because you may have special needs or requirements, contact our Volunteer Coordinator about your program.
 

Perks for Volunteering
In addition to the joy of volunteering and the pleasure of meeting so many interesting people, you'll be rewarded with these benefits:

  • Yearly volunteer recognition dinner
  • Volunteer field trips
  • Library privileges
  • Discounts on select programs

Learn how you can begin a fun and rewarding experience as a volunteer at the Wehr Nature Center! 
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator

 

 


Questions? Contact Us
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave., Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 425-8550

 

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